How did species evolve?
What drives the evolution of species? How does species diversity grow and how is it maintained? Over the last 200 years, scientists have put a lot of effort into answering those questions. But only recently, with the development of new genome technologies, quantitative testing of macroevolutionary hypotheses has become possible. This video explains how statistics combined with stochastic modelling is able to generate insight in the mysterious emergence of biological diversity.
COSTNET is a European COST collaboration of more than 500 statisticians and other quantitative scientists from 34 countries on the development of novel inference methods for network data science. It is lead by Prof. Ernst Wit (USI/RuG) and the core management team involving Gesine Reinert (Oxford), Goeran Kauermann (LMU, Munich), Veronica Vinciotti (Trento), Claire Gormley (UCD, Dublin), Clelia di Serio (UniSR, Milano), Steffen Lauritzen (Copenhagen), Anuska Ferligoj and Vladimir Batagelj (Ljubljana), Arnoldo Frigessi (Oslo).